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Bench: BEFORE+AFTER, cost, decorate

re-upholstered bench diy: Before+After

HERE ARE ALL MY PICS!!!!!!

See how we re-did the beat up leg without using wood-fill HERE!

Oh how I love a good upholstery project!!!!  I love turning an old ugly something into a great piece that I can use in my home!! This was so run-down too so it was an awesome challenge.  Especially when you can get a furniture piece that is real solid wood for $20 ….. you just can’t beat it!!!!  I went thrifty on this one at the local Habitat!  A perfect size for my narrow long sun-room… of course I couldn’t say no:)  The padding was in really good shape too. You may shudder to think………but after the makeover, I’m loving it! Here is the breakdown of the cost for re-upholstering and refinishing!  Click on the links below if you missed HOW I DID IT!!!

  • bench:$20
  • Fabric Removal PART1– I had all the tools: $0
  • Refinishing PART2-I had all the sandpaper and steel wool: $0
    • -Minwax pre-stain: $12
    • -Varathane stain (KONA): $13.50
    • -I had the waterlox from Woodcraft: {NOTE: normally runs $31.50/qt!  Goes a long way.}  We had it:  $0
  • Sewing PART2– Fabric from Joanne Fabrics (H43-Dani Pebble): {NOTE: normally this fabric is $35/yard. At 4 yards you are talking $140 without tax just for fabric.  I never ever pay that!!!  Please always use the sales and the coupons!  I waited for the 50% off sale and then used my 20% off coupon.}  $56
    • -I had the thread, hem tape, and adhesives: $0
  • Stapling+assembling PART3– tacking strip from Joanne Fabrics(used %20 coupon): $10
    • staples: $2
    • we had the brad nails: $0
    • dust cover fabric from Walmart: $6.50
TOTAL $120

I could have used cheaper fabric, however I am a sucker for upholstery fabrics that are luxurious!!! ha!  Just use your coupons as much as you can!!!!

In my Sun-room:

My sun-room is a long narrow room.  We know how difficult rooms like this can be to decorate.  I have always had trouble with putting furniture in this room because I needed a narrow bench or couch that wouldn’t take up too much walking space so people could access my sliding glass doors.  New furniture today in the stores seem large to me.  That works fine for the newer bigger homes that have a more open floor plan, but it presents a problem if you have a narrow space and need more seating without taking up the whole room.  We found this small bench or couch that is really the perfect size.  I love it!  I moved over a small side table and moved a pillow I had somewhere else in the room and here we go!  DONE!

I am not sure if that pillow is staying there.  I may make a couple of pillows for the room……and if that happens, of course I will post it!! 🙂  Here are more pics of the room:

BEFORE in that same spot!!!!  Can we just say UNCOMFORTABLE!  I know the new couch bench is not a feathered cushion either, but Jeez! These chairs are great for my dining table and pulling them in for extra seating.  But as my main seating and only seating on this wall, no one wanted to sit here!!! ha! You see why I was looking for the perfect thing.  I got rid of those 2 end tables that are peeking through in the picture.  They were pretty large to put anywhere in my house.  I had gone through a silver phase and had spray painted them.  I didn’t want to put the time into really fixing them up when they were too large anyway….so off they went to Goodwill:)  Here below is the picture with my new re-upholstered bench on that wall!! See how it is pretty slim!  There is enough walking space that the kids aren’t tripping as they run across the room to the sliding glass door.  Yes I said running…….drives me crazy!

re-upholstered bench diy: complete in my sun-room
My Sun-room

I still kept those white dining room chairs on that wall as extra seating.   I think it looks better mixed with my re-upholstered bench.   This room is definitely not complete since there is a whole other side to this room with a dining table.  Little by little I will be adding some fun touches.  I am not an interior decorator or designer so the decorating gurus out there will be able to critique heavily! hehe.  Speaking of decorating…………….

I will be thinking about what I am going to put here!!!!…….Obviously another post! 🙂  Thanks for stopping by to see my big project COMPLETE!

K. Rupp

 

linked up:

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2 thoughts on “Bench: BEFORE+AFTER, cost, decorate

    1. Thank you so much! You will love it when you start doing it! You might not need a class. I think I had old things that I just started tearing apart and figured out how they did it. ha! It takes time, but makeovers are always fun:)

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